New Swiss Consuls General

by swisscham in Bilateral Relations

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs announced the nominations of Swiss Consuls General. Martin Bienz, consul general in Guangzhou, will succeed Didier Boschung in summer 2018. Martin Bienz was born in 1959, place of origin Hasle, canton of Lucerne. He joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in 1981 and was posted to Marseilles, Addis Ababa, Bogot‡, Osaka and Ottawa, followed by a secondment to the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP). Mr. Bienz then returned to the FDFA where he was posted to Manila, Karachi and Chicago. He has been the head of post in Mumbai since October 2014. Othmar Hardegger, consul general in Mumbai, will succeed Martin Bienz in summer 2018. Martin Maier, consul general in Ho Chi Minh City, will succeed Othmar Hardegger in summer 2018. Olivier Zehnder, consul general in Shanghai, will succeed Alexander Hoffet in summer 2018. Olivier Zehnder was born in 1966, place of origin Kšniz, canton of Bern. He joined the FDFA in 1998 and was posted to Vienna, Brasilia and Bern. Between 2010 and 2013 he was seconded to the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN Office and to the other international organisations in Vienna as deputy permanent representative.

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